Our curriculum follows the National Core Arts Standards of creating, presenting/producing, responding and connecting. My goal is to teach students art history and techniques, while also encouraging their individual gifts and talents.


Projects are geared to each grade level. Different assignments offer opportunities to introduce students to artists and their approach to their work, e.g. Picasso and Cubism or Renoir and Impressionism, and then urging students to experiment in their own way with those techniques.

There are opportunities to collaborate with other teachers by creating assignments that tie in to areas students are studying in different classes. For instance, if students in Spanish are studying the Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), they will learn about the images and artwork associated with that celebration in art class and create their own versions of those images.

There are also variations on the same assignment for different grades, an example would be the “self portrait” project. Students from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade participated, but with different approaches. Pre-Kindergarten, kindergarten, and first graders told a story about themselves and put cut out shapes that they made of themselves into their story. Grades two, three, and four created a "minecraft selfie" on grid paper. Grades five and six were asked to produce a 1/2 portrait (half a face). Students in grades seven and eight first reviewed lessons on the proportions of the human face, then learned about different artists who experimented with color and shape, and finally created a version of a self portrait using those various techniques in their own way. There was one theme for all grades, but each project looked very different and explored very different areas of art.​

Curriculum areas focus on:

  • Line - Shape - Form

  • Color

  • Value

  • Texture

  • Movement

  • Repetition & Patterns

  • Balance & Contrast

  • Emphasis

  • Unity

  • History & Culture

  • Appreciation & Evaluation,
    in both 2D and 3D projects

Students learn how to use various mediums:

  • Pencil

  • Colored Pencil

  • Markers

  • Collage

  • Charcoal

  • Chalk

  • Pastel

  • Tempera

  • Watercolor Paints